Monthly Archives: May 2016

Bones in the Nest

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Helen Cadbury : Bones in the Nest

Our next Read Regional event will be on Monday 13th June from 7pm at Pontefract Library. You are invited to join the Pontefract Library Reader’s group for an evening with author Helen Cadbury. Helen will be talking about her second crime novel Birds in the Nest, which, like To catch a Rabbit, features PC Sean Denton and is set in Yorkshire.

This should be a great evening, especially as Reader Group members have promised to do some of their famous baking for the event! Call Pontefract Library on 01977 727692 or email to reserve a place.


Here are some of Helen’s comments about her book:

It’s hard to pinpoint exactly where an idea first comes from, but when you read Bones in the Nest, you may recognise news stories that fed my imagination both consciously and unconsciously.

During the riots of 2011, I was staying in a cottage with no TV or internet. The only coverage of the riots I had access to was from the radio. The pictures were so vivid in my mind that they demanded to be put on paper. In the narrative, racial tension is rising on the Chasebridge Estate in Doncaster. Although the rioters in Bones in the Nest are doing it for a different reason than in London, I just knew that there was going to be a shop on fire, somewhere in this book.

Another strand in the narrative follows a young woman called Chloe Toms who is piecing her life back together in York after ten years in prison. Chloe is not based on any one person, but is inspired by the time I spent teaching in a women’s resettlement prison. It was a regular experience for me seeing women prepare for life outside, and the challenge of living under a new identity in a world of internet searches and cheque- book journalism.

Something else that’s very important to my writing process is walking. By walking, I don’t mean anything particularly special or energetic, but just walking around the streets where I live. I mentally placed the hostel where Chloe lives not far from my own neighbourhood, with the looming view of York Minster watching her, as it watches me on my walks. Being watched, whether for good or ill, is an underlying theme in the book, as is the family and its various dysfunctions.





This year’s Dementia Awareness Week, 15 – 21 May, will encourage people who are worried about dementia to confront their worries by looking for support and information.  Dementia can be scary and many people don’t know where to turn, but the Alzheimer’s Society is there for anyone affected and there are lots of ways they can help. You can find some help in your library too. Pick up our Reading Well Books on Prescription: Dementia leaflet which has a list of books which will give you information and help find out about people’s experiences. (See the blog page for a full list.)

There are lots of activities taking place at Sandal Library for Dementia Awareness Week:

Monday 16th May

Active minds session – carpet bowls 11-12 pm,  open for all

Friends of Sandal library Fund raising day 10-4 : all funds raised towards developing the Dementia Friendly Garden. (Ask at the library for details and news of the garden and how to join the Friends Group)

Tuesday 17th May

Active mind session – music bingo 2.00-3.00pm,  open for all

Friends of Sandal library Fund raising day 10-4 : all funds raised towards developing the Dementia Friendly Garden

Friday 19th May

Dementia Awareness training 10.30-11.30, open to all. Booking essential

Friends of Sandal Library coffee morning from 10 am: all funds raised towards developing

The Dementia Friendly Garden


If you, or someone you know, is worried about dementia, Call the National Dementia Helpline on 0300 222 1122 or email



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Children are eating 3 times as much sugar as they should which is causing tooth decay and excess weight. By the age of 3 children in our district average 2.59 decayed, missing or filled teeth. By the age of 5, 1 in 5 children are above a healthy weight

Smile4Life is a storytime event for families with pre-school children to establish good drinking habits and tooth care early.

To meet the Health Improvement and Oral Health Promotion Teams for expert advice, an opportunity to ask questions and some helpful leaflets and free items, visit Smile4Life storytimes at

Wakefield Library, Tuesday 17 May 1.30-2.15

Pontefract Library, Wednesday 18 May 9.30-10.30 or 10.45 – 11.45

Airedale Library, Monday 23rd May 10 – 11am

South Elmsall Library, Tuesday 24  May 9.30 – 11am

Featherstone Library, Thursday 26 May 9.30 – 10.30am

Hemsworth Library, Friday 27 May 10 – 10.30am

The most important messages to take care of children’s teeth and give them a great smile for life are

Drink milk or water rather than juices and fizzy drinks

Brush teeth twice every day, in the morning and before bed.

Visit the dentist regularly.







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